Drank this a bit after its drink-by date but it had held up fine. Dark color, dark berry fruits. If you like primitivo you'll like this. A good weeknight wine with pasta bolognese, and a great value at 6.99!
I "discovered" this wine about 5 years ago and always keep a few bottles as my every day pizza/pasta wine. The 2010 rendition seems to be very soft, with little or no tannic intrusion. Plenty of fruit and enough acid at the finish to give it an uplift. I don't think it will get any better. Drink now and wait for the next release. No world beater, but a fine QPR at <$8.
I am very surprised to get a lot of French oak on the nose and palate. Not that it doesn't work, just not at all typical for Puglian reds. The oak gives this 2010 some serious youth and vitality. The color is light, surprisingly clear purple. Nice violets on the nose with cherries and plums. Only medium bodied. Spicy red raspberry first across the lips, evolving to a richer cranberry further down. Things really start to integrate with some air and swirling. Not a big acid wine. Bark and black cherry finish.
On the nose lots of plum, cherry and spice. On the palate lots of dark fruits, cocoa, some subtle licorice spice with good acidity. A little hot on the finish for only 13.5%.. This is a good wine for the price... have it with some pizza or pasta.
Completely enjoyable table wine. The primitivo is up front, with brambly notes of blackberry that will be familiar to Zin drinkers. It's given a little balance by the Negroamaro, which balances the sweetness with a little bitter, but I think this is still a Zin drinker's wine. Had it with portobella mushrooms and pesto-sauced penne, which wasn't the perfect match, but I wanted red and this did the job.
Deep garnet color, on the nose dark berry fruit, dusty tannins, steamed maroons. Interesting and pleasant. on palate good tannin acid level. tannins overshadow the fruit at the moment. still Young. a good wine for hearty food. Might even improve for a couple of years.
Very decent on a pop and pour paired with some leftover papardelle with a tomato/cheese sauce. Food friendly and a very quaffable house red for your weekday pasta nights. Decent structure and body that leans on the cabernet. Brambly and inky on the nose, though it isn't the most giving wine on that front. On the palate, initial attack has dark fruits upfront along with tobacco and white pepper and spices, and fades away to a little bit less on the back end. Occasional notes of tar bubbles, and dark licorice come in and out. Almost get a wet sponge essence with superripe plums. Not terribly complex, but great for a side glass while you prepare and dine on your Italian feast.
Restaurant - Il Forniao - 2012 (Coronado, San Diego, CA): Strange earthy, tar aroma. Did not really go well with any appetizer or main meal of shrimp, scallops, and crab in a red sauce. Tasted at Il Forniao restaurant on Coronado island. Overpriced at $9 / glass and $35 / bottle restaurant price.
Great nose with cherry and a soft vanilla, tasting has some plum and cherry upfront and some pepper and licorice at the mid palate and finish. Moderate to full body wine with moderate tannins. . Great wine for the 7 dollar price point at bottle king.. Great wine with bold foods.. Had with some provolone cheese and really enjoyed... Would benefit from decanting.. Open up and soften.
Sampling a bottle from the bin; please let it breathe, let it linger on in the cellar. Think it will round out in the near term. For the price a nice drinking wine now with food, a little spice, but nothing I can put my palate on.